Humankind is the most damaging thing to Mother Earth. When we are not busily bombing regions into submission and near oblivion we are destroying lands to satisfy our greed.
The latest area of outstanding beauty to be considered for mining is Lapland. An online petition explains, "The international mining industry is threatening vast stretches of wilderness in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway. Miners plan to search Northern Europe's last remaining pristine land for uranium, iron ore, nickel, phosphorous and rare earth minerals.
Pollution and damage caused by these mining projects will threaten the area's lakes, rivers and mountains, and the animals who dwell there, including the lynx, wolf, bear and wolverine. Lapland's and Sami's indigenous communities -- who live by reindeer herding and fishing -- will also be harmed.
According to Finnish biochemist Jari Natunen, "Lapland has a very vulnerable Arctic nature. Mining will cause damage which would last at least thousands of years or not fixed at least until next ice age." Though the European Union's pollution laws govern mining, the government's supervision is lax because of close ties between industry and authority.
TEK has followed other mining news and below are just a few reports that highlight how little we value Earth, people and the environment.
On April 25 we wrote " Ocean bed mining becomes closer reality." That report began by saying "As the world's population continues to rise resources such as food, fuel and water become ever more precious. In spite of mass deaths due to natural and man-made tragedies we continue to grow in number. Down the years we have mined some areas until they have run dry of coal or gold or jewels. Our quest for new sources and resources is taking mining companies to new controversial sites and one is the sea-bed."
As the value of traditional currencies around the world takes a nosedive, people are looking to gold and silver as a safe investment. Mongolia has copper and gold mines which will supply the country’s GDP, gross domestic product, in the coming years, if pundits are right. One mine, featured in a televised BBC report, will supply a third of Mongolia’s GDP for the next 50 years. With a population of around 3 million, Mongolia could be in for an extended period of “boom".”
But it is rare for a local population to directly benefit. Even if they do in the short term we still have to ask - at what price?
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